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Exercise must be incorporated into daily life, warns health body

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A minority of British people get enough exercise, according to a new report by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

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A minority of British people get enough exercise, according to a new report by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The damning research revealed that on average, fewer than three-quarters of adults and children enjoy levels of activity that meets health recommendations. NICE warns that this inactivity is the fourth-biggest reason for premature death, almost as damaging as smoking, metro.co.uk reports. It has therefore called on schools, local authorities and workplaces to help encourage people to take more exercise. The health body has also asked the government to do more to create safe walking and cycling paths. NICE is keen to incorporate exercise into every day life, hence the encouraging of walking or cycling to school and the workplace. It's more probable that activities will be kept up if they don't require any special effort - a garden gym, for example, might be a successful way for the family to stay fit, as they wouldn't need to go far nor pay exorbitant fees. Speaking about the report was contributor, Dr Harry Rutter, adviser to the National Obesity Observatory. He said that most people seemed to be unaware that lack of activity created 'an invisible burden of illness and reduced quality of life'. "We all face barriers in changing our lifestyles and many of us feel we don't have the time or the inclination to add regular physical activity into our lives - it can be very difficult to break old habits and change behaviour," he told belfasttelegraph.co.uk. "But walking and cycling to work, to school, to the shops or elsewhere can make a huge difference."

Author:

Elizabeth Smythe

30th November 2012